A healthy community at all stages of life ensures the satisfaction of everyone’s basic needs, a high-quality, sustainable environment, a satisfactory level of economic and social development, health and social equality, and supportive and respectful social relations. One way to secure a healthy community is to adopt a community-based approach through local health promotion groups.
If a healthy community is simultaneously the goal and the path towards that goal, certain changes need to be made to the way we think and act, the paradigms within which we operate and the way we view the world.
Handbooks, information catalogues and other documents help us to achieve our goal of employing an integrated health education policy at the local community level.
A community-based approach to health allows us to respond to the needs of the local population, improve access to prevention services and healthcare provision, develop support networks and self-help groups, and incorporate formal and informal forms of assistance. It requires partners in local environments to work in a coordinated and integrated way to overcome obstacles, and to develop techniques that go beyond the classic institution-based ways of working.